Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Thanksgiving...from my blog to your house
I don't know about you, but this picture just makes me smile. Every year at Thanksgiving, in a table loaded with turkey, dressing, ham, squash casserole, sweet potato casserole, and all manner of good stuff, I'd always look for the wiggly cylinder of jelled cranberry. "The ridges, Mom, how did you get it to keep the ridges?" And to this day, in my house, there's always a can of cranberry jelly at the feast.
We have a potluck feast, so I'm responsible for only a few dishes this year: turkey, gravy, cranberry relish, and from-scratch yeast rolls. I plan to live-blog during my kitchen time today, so there will be more stories to follow about the holiday.
Another tradition: the Thanksgiving pinata. A few years ago, we had a pinata leftover from a school Cinco de Mayo project and it became the Thanksgiving pinata, a great way to entertain the young pilgrims on this food-centric holiday. We bought the pinata this year, and plan to fill it today.
If you're looking for kitchen inspiration, here are a few recipes from the backlist. No turkey and dressing recipes here, but easy little things that will make a feast special.
1. Butternut squash soup.
2. Classic pound cake.
3. Easy apple dumplings.
4. Vegetable broth
5. Good gravy
7. Easy, elegant dessert: poached pears and chocolate sauce
8. Homemade pickled beets (cheater's method)
9. Fudge, rich Brownies
10. Apple crisp